This particular screening was one of the highlight’s of 2012’s holiday showings....and quite interestingly, it’s a one-off in the history of Doctor Who.
The 1996 TV movie was the only televised story in the 1990s, and shares qualities with both classic and new Who. Created as a potential "back door pilot", the film was a co-production between the BBC, Universal, and Fox. Unavailable on DVD for many years due to "rights issues", it was finally released in 2011 as a double disc set. Featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor, the movie provides a very....interesting take on how Doctor Who might have proceeded had it been produced in the '90s.
Although British television ratings for the film were OK, the movie suffered in the American ratings, defeated not by Daleks, but by the final episode of Roseanne, the Bulls winning the playoffs....and in St. Louis, severe thunderstorms.
However, we’re fortunate enough to hold another viewing, and the film contains many qualities that would appeal to fans of both series. (And several which would prove a bit controversial). Elements include a new, romantically-inclined Doctor; a companion with whom he shares more than a love of travel, and a slightly overacting villain. However, strip away some of the more problematic aspects, and you get a pretty entertaining Who story....and a slight glimpse at what might have been.
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